Early activation of Paris Agreement to boost confidence, if not targets

The Paris Agreement could come into effect in 2018, two years earlier than originally planned, according to UN climate chief Christiana Figueres, increasing the currently slim chances that nations will swiftly deepen their emission reduction pledges.

An early start to the Paris pact is possible because in the final text there was no reference to the deal coming into effect from 2020, Figueres said during a question-and-answer session after delivering a lecture in London late Monday, Bloomberg reported.

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